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The Last Days of Summer

The Last Days of Summer - Vanessa Ronan The Last Days of Summer by Vanessa Ronan is set in a prairie town in Western Texas.

Jasper Curtis returns home to live with his sister and her two daughters after spending 10 years in the Huntsville State Penitentiary. Lizzie is nervous at taking Jasper into her home as after 10 years she no longer remembers or trusts Jasper.
Jasper says he's all done with trouble, but in a forgotten prairie town that knows no forgiveness, it does not take long for trouble to arrive at their door.

Vanessa Ronan is a vivid and skilful writer and I loved the sense of time and place in this novel.
Characters are well written but the plot is slow paced and I found the story dragged out.
It is a contemporary fiction style novel with a air of suspense about it and while the suspense is there from the beginning the novel, I felt there wasn't enough to make the book a page turner. It wasn't until the 70% mark that the book livens up and the final scenes were written and I found myself back in the action.

My thanks to penguin books for the opportunity to read The last days of Summer in return for an honest review.